Figures out this week from the British Heart Foundation show that fewer than one in five children eats more than one piece of fruit a day. And just 14 per cent of children aged two to 15 years old eat more than one portion of vegetables a day - government guidelines recommend that everyone should eat at least five portions.

The BHF's coronary heart statistics database breaks down figures by region, class and age, and shows that among poorer social groups even less healthy food is eaten.

Death rates from coronary heart disease in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England are higher than in Wales and the south of England. The premature death rate for men living in Scotland is over 60 per cent higher than in East Anglia and over 70 per cent higher for women.